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Christmas Wonderland Cards

It's time for Christmas card making! I have two cards up on the  CARTA BELLA BLOG using the nostalgic "Christmas Wonderland" Collection www.cartabellablog.com


From the simplest of cards to the more ornate, you can add as much dimension  as you’d like with the various embellishments included in the Carta Bella collections!   Have fun making your own one-of-a-kind Christmas cards this season!
See more photos, how I put the cards together and learn a few tips and tricks over at the Carta Bella blog post by clicking HERE

A Christmas Star...And A Freebie!

I love to add a new piece to my holiday decorating collection and this year I have a  beautifully altered 3D star that I created with “The Story of Christmas” line by ECHO PARK PAPER www.echoparkpaper.com
I’ve taken a wooden star that I purchased from Michael’s craft store.  It measures just  about 11” and has an inset where I thought a 3D paper star would fit nicely.

 First, I traced around the back of the star onto the “Icons” paper and then cut the  shape out.  Next, I scored the star from point to valley, as shown in the photo.
 The score lines were fan-folded so that the points of the star were raised and the valleys  of the star were folded in.  Even if your star doesn’t have an inset, you can still use this  method to add dimension to a flat wooden star.  I did make a few adjustments by  trimming the star down a bit before gluing it to the inside with a glue glue. 
I added a bead of fabric glue around the edge of the 3D star and applied a trim  of braided cording.  This helped to…

Happy Harvest Mini Album

The Fall harvest season is upon us and I’m sharing an adorable   mini book that I plan on using to highlight some of our favorite autumn memories!  I've incorporated the "Story of Fall" Collection from ECHO PARK PAPER and the house die and enhancement dies from Top Dog Dies.

  Using prompts from the various stickers and die-cuts (such as pumpkin patch, falling  leaves, etc.) I’ll be encouraged to take certain photos throughout the fall months.

 For the front cover, I die-cut the sweet fox and pumpkins from papers found in the  6X6 Paper Pad.  I used a little pink chalk to blush up his cheeks and a burnt orange ink  to add some shading to the pumpkins.  After assembling all of the pieces, I added  them to the front with foam adhesive. 



Between a few of the pages, I also added 3X4 journal cards so I’ll have  some extra room for journaling!  And while preparing my pages, I precut mats for each page to measure 3”X4.5”.   To some of them, I adhered a strip of various washi tapes f…

Simple Stories & Tombow: A Claus & Co. Planner

Hello! Today I'm sharing my version of the "Claus & Co." Planner  featuring many of the goodies from the  SIMPLE STORIES collection, as well as several of the great adhesive products from Tombow!   Because the Holiday SN@P! Album is nice and large, it will work double-duty as  a holiday planner and as a December-daily-style album...I cannot wait to fill it up!   To get a jump-start, I decided to have all of the cute pre-planned pages in place  and then added a few embellishments that I'll share today.
To begin, I cut the "Oh Joy" (side B) paper down so that it covered the chipboard portion of the album front.  I used the Tombow Xtreme for attachment.  When you want something to really stay PUT, the Xtreme adhesive is what to reach for!
I wanted to create a fun 'bridge' between the fabric binding of the album and the patterned paper, so I used various sized circle dies to cut the motifs from the "I Believe" paper.  The circle sizes ranged from 1…